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Stephen Watters, editor-in-chief
Christina Willis Oko, faculty advisor
Daniela Tijerina Benner
Sarah Seewoester Cain
Hussain Hijazi
Bazile Lanneau
Vlad Soare

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Table of Contents

—Requesting the Context: A Context Analysis of Let Statement and If Statement Requests and Commands in the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English

by Brown, Lynnelle Rhinier

—Using a Relational Database for Data Entry and Analysis

by Koth, Anthony

—“I Love You But I Disagree”: Politeness and Politics in Computer-Mediated Discourse

by Mauney, Samantha and Lisa Jeon

—Fast speech phenomena in Asante Twi

by Nelson, Katherine

Recent Submissions

  • Using a Relational Database for Data Entry and Analysis 

    Koth, Anthony; Linguistics Department (2014)
    If you have ever gotten lost in scribbles, rows, columns and highlighting while trying to use a spreadsheet or pen and paper for coding linguistic data, then a relational database is a tool for you. It offers a clean and manageable way to code all of your data consistently and accurately. This paper is not meant to be a complete manual for using a ...
  • Requesting the Context: A Context Analysis of Let Statement and If Statement Requests and Commands in the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English 

    Brown, Lynnelle Rhinier; Linguistics Department (2014)
    This paper identifies two requestive forms in the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English, let statements and if statements, and the contextual conditions—linguistic, pragmatic, discourse and social—that co-occur with these forms. The analysis reveals a complex interplay of linguistic forms and contextual factors. The variables of social ...
  • “I Love You But I Disagree”: Politeness and Politics in Computer-Mediated Discourse 

    Mauney, Samantha; Jeon, Lisa; Linguistics Department (2014)
    In this paper we explore the possibility of new politeness paradigms in computer -mediated discourse on Facebook. Specifically, we examine the discoursal expectations, linguistic catalysts for ‘face-threatening acts’, and mitigations of opinions to maintain ‘face’ in discourse about politics. The present study addresses the gap in the literature ...
  • Fast speech phenomena in Asante Twi 

    Nelson, Katherine; Linguistics Department (2014)
    A descriptive study is utilized to examine fast speech phenomena in Asante Twi, a Niger-Congo language, focusing on three fast speech rules: vowel deletion, vowel alternation in modifiers, and fricative voicing between sonorants. Transcribed and interlinerized texts from a field methods class at Rice University are used for this study. The morphological ...
  • Front Matter, Volume 5, Fall 2014 

    Linguistics Department (2014)